Jul 19, 2018 01:55PM

Beat The Summer Heat While Being Efficient

July 18, 2018, Niagara Falls - With the sustained heat in Niagara over the past few weeks, Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. (NPEI) is encouraging their customers to ensure they are managing their electricity bills, especially those running their air conditioners for extended periods of time during the hot summer days.

Your air conditioner is an effective way to cool your home on a hot day; however, it is not cheap. Air conditioners can account for up to 50% of your energy bill. “Instead of decreasing the temperature on your air conditioner, rely on your fans,” says Sue Forcier, Chief Conservation Officer at NPEI. “Running portable and ceiling fans will help keep your home cooler while being much more efficient than turning down your air conditioner.”

There are some easy tips to remember while running your air conditioner for long periods of time. Most air conditioners will cool your home at the same rate, no matter how low you set your thermostat, so be sure to set it at a reasonable temperature.

If you run a ceiling fan at the same time as your air conditioner, you can set your thermostat 2°C higher and feel just as cool, cutting your energy use by as much as 10%.

If you use a programmable thermostat, set the temperature higher when you’re out of the house and have it cool down when you come home.

Also, remember to check your air conditioner’s air filter regularly and clean or replace it as needed. Replacing an old air filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15%.

Don’t forget to close your bedroom doors as well. There’s no need to air condition the hallways. Keep the cold air where you want it.

Some other tips to help keep your summer energy bills down are:

  •          Upgrade your indoor and outdoor lighting to LED.
  •          Draft-proof your home to keep the cold air in.
  •          Dry your clothes on a clothesline in the fresh air.
  •          Take advantage of Time-of-Use Pricing.